Faced with a rapid urban development issue, the border city of Miguel Aleman is looking for a sustainable proposal to accommodate with the oil boom happening in the Tamaulipas region. This project is looking at the scale of the outer city to provide a master plan, leading the anticipated rapid development to connectivity and sustainability.
The Green Boom, sees the future of the city tied into an interconnected network of green spaces, dominated by the presence of water in different scales: The Rio Grande River, The Creek, and The Canal. Juxtaposing the proposed transit map, the hydrology map and the existing and proposed density map, we located sites at each water feature to refine how they would function within the proposed master plan:
The Canal: With the least amount of water but the highest connectivity to the urban tissue, the canal defines a trail around the proposed agriculture research center. A series of simple yet dynamic urban furniture from reclaimed industrial parts and local concrete workers becomes the connecting feature and a branding for the city.
The Creek: Standing in the middle of the scales, with a notable floodplain and an expected high level of pollutants the creek has the potential to house resacas to both mitigate the floods as the density increases around the creek, and clean the water from pollutants.
The River: As there is already a lack of protected landscapes in the Mexican side of Rio Grande, the riverfront lands in Miguel Aleman provide this great opportunity to have this spectrum of green landscapes from the river to the city: from the riparian zone to the bosque trail to urban agriculture